September PUG agenda

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A year and a half ago I was approached to lead a monthly group of local wedding photographers who also use Pictage, the online image hosting and professional lab I have used since 2003! I gladly accepted and opened the group up to all photographers, not just wedding photographers and not just photographers who use the Pictage service. We've had round-table discussions with magazine editors, commercial and stock photographers, other top notch wedding industry vendors, lighting and gear demonstrations, and even legal advice. I am proud of the range of topics covered and depth of information shared with our close knit community. I am also insanely busy and therefore will be passing the torch after next Tuesday, my final meeting as host.

Photographers: Months in the making, we're so happy that Justin and Mary Marantz will be joining us from Connecticut on September 6th at 7p to discuss tips for attracting and booking clients like you. A perfect pep talk as we head into the fall booking season! Please RSVP asap as this meeting will be limited to 25 people.

Look forward to seeing you next week!

* Meaghan's Maine senior portrait session

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I have regularly sworn left, right and center that I will never photograph senior portraits. I abhor the "glamour shot" trend I have heard they have become with hair, make-up, multiple outfit changes and props. And, remembering myself in high school, would rather not deal with the awkwardness and drama. Nope. No way. No, thank you!

Ooooooh, but guess what happened?

I shot a senior portrait last week and I didn't hate it. Actually, I quite LOVED it! It was for the daughter of a family near and dear to my heart- they lived next door to me in my hometown. I saw each one of their three children through diapers and my sister or I spent many high school nights baby-sitting one or all of them. They are now beautiful grown adults- heading to, in or recently graduated from college. Tho I still feel like I am the same as those times we all piled on the treadmill together to see how fast we could go in tandem or stuffed ourselves silly with Smartfood and episodes of "Doug," we clearly have all aged and it was so special to have an evening at the beach house in Wells to catch up and capture a special time in Meaghan's life as she begins her final year of high school in Hollis, New Hampshire.

There were no props. No outfit changes. No attitude. Just f-u-n and up-for-anything smiles at the camera (which I had to pull away multiple times and marvel at the young woman in front of me, so easily recalling when, as a young tot, she wound chewing gum around and around her head and ice nor peanut butter would ease the new styling product save for a pair of scissors!).

So where is this going, you might ask?

I can't say I won't say no to another senior portrait request. If you're fun. And so long as you don't want to pose with your guitar.

Good luck to you, Meaghan! Can't wait to follow the exciting year ahead! xo















* Tented backyard wedding of Sara and Brett in Ashburnham, Massachusetts

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photographers: Emilie and Denise, emilie inc. photography
coordinator: Trish Desantis, Moxie Events
ceremony: Community Church, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
officiant: friend
reception: bride's family home
caterer: Smoke and Pickles, Westport, Massachusetts
florist: Les Fleurs, Andover, Massachusetts
band: Eye to Eye, Wilson Stevens Entertainment
cake: Something Sweet by Michelle
videographer: Whit Wales
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
tent: Sperry Tent
lighting: Frost Lighting
gown: Amsale
invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
honeymoon: Paris, Provence, the Riviera

I first met Brett more than a year ago when he came to a blogging and branding workshop I held at our studio. He attended on behalf of Emersonmade, the sweet fabric flower accessory company based in New Hampshire, where he was assisting in their marketing efforts. I was so touched when he later proposed to Sara and thought of me to do the documentary honors for their big day at Sara's family home. After a cozy introduction at the studio soon after (with their fab pooch Paddington), I was smitten with her, too.

Steeped in family history, Sara married in the same place her mother and her two sisters had before. And like the others, she and Brett stood beneath a beloved catalpa tree on the property for a formal portrait. At every turn, every inch of the grounds were lovingly cared for and adorned on this day with succulents, candles or a happy blossom. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph in the family church basking in natural light and celebrate long into the darkness surrounded by such love and warmth. We can't thank these families enough for making us feel so welcome, and for being so fun!

How they met, in their own words:
Before studying literature in grad school, Sara spent a few years acting in New York City. Part of the whole "trying to be an actor" gig is working a day job, and Sara did quite a bit of temping. One of her temp placements was at Fordham Law School, where Brett managed the office of student affairs. It was Sara's easiest/and best temp job, and after a month or so, the two started dating. Sara's now working towards another MA (this time in secondary English education), and will be teaching freshmen writing at Plymouth State University in the Fall. Brett works for Lindt (lots of free chocolate!) in Stratham, and also does volunteer work for the Portsmouth Film Festival. They have a nuggety little Norwich terrier named Paddington, and although he spent his formative years in NYC, adores being a country gentleman.

Re: the property:
I (Sara) grew up there and my mother also grew up there. When my grandfather bought the place, it was a ramshackle farmhouse that needed a LOT of TLC. It was originally built in the early 1800s and has been used as a dairy farm and a stagecoach inn throughout the years. I have an intense love for my home, and Brett (knowing this) proposed to me in a clearing out in one of the back fields where my siblings and I spent a lot of time playing in a fort that has since fallen down.

My mother and her two sisters, Linda and Carol, all held their wedding receptions there, too, so I'm definitely following in their footsteps. My parents were married at the same church, and I'm using the aisle runner my grandmother used for her wedding back in 1951! The flower girls are wearing dresses cut from the flower girl dresses me, my cousin Kate, and my sister Megan wore as flower girls in my aunt Carol's wedding. I'm also using the same cake-topper my grammy used on her wedding cake.

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